Category Archives: Refugees, Immigration

JIEH-YUNG LO. Reflections of a Chinese-Australian.

To ensure we remain as the world’s most successful multicultural society, it is important to get the China debate right from now on to prevent the re-emergence of sinophobia in Australia. 

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ANTHONY PUN. History of Multiculturalism: Part 2- A decline in support of Multiculturalism from the Howard to the Rudd-Gillard Administrations.

The racial discrimination legislations flourished under Multicultural with NSW leading the pact.  A crack in Multiculturalism support emerged during the Howard Administration with the rise of Pauline Hanson and her racial politics.  It was the “ethnic” vote that saved the … Continue reading

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Bishop Long and other religious leaders denounce asylum-seeker policy.

Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. has joined other faith leaders in denouncing Australia’s indefinite detention of refugees and asylum-seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. 

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ANTHONY PUN. History of multiculturalism: Part 1 – Early development – Chinese Australian community involvement and Chinese students.

Early development of multiculturalism under PM Gough Whitlam and Immigration Minister Al Grassby and its passage through to the Hawke-Keating government;  community organisations played an important role in convincing the Hawke government to grant residency to 42,300 Chinese students.  

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HAMISH McDONALD. Australia takes immigration debate to a new low. (Nikkei Asian Review 5/9/2018)

In early August, the population of Australia reached 25 million, according to the government’s statistics bureau — more than three times its size in 1948, when I came into the world as one of 7.7 million Australians. Unlike a lot … Continue reading

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MARIE SELLSTROM. Rural Australians for Refugees making a statement in rural communities.

There is a growing consciousness in rural and regional Australia…..it  is centred in NSW and Victoria and is spreading through Queensland to Cairns and moving south through to Tasmania and South Australia and across to Albany.   It is the responsiveness … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Chinese Australians Or Australian Chinese.

The Chinese Australian community has been hijacked in the current public debate about the extent of Chinese influence in Australia.  Far-right elements are fanning anti-Asian feelings and there is an upsurge in racism in major cities.  Government leaders now more … Continue reading

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BEHROUZ BOOCHANI. Australia needs a moral revolution (the Guardian 31.08.18)

Five years ago, on a boiling hot day, Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison entered Manus Prison. A number of refugees who represented various groups were invited to meet with him. In that meeting, the refugee representatives found themselves being threatened … Continue reading

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ANTHONY PUN: The aftermath of the China Panic & its influence on a General Election

The China Panic has an unintended consequence of shaping the minds of the Chinese Australians and taught them how to be a strategic player in Australian politics. The monopoly held by the “Milking Cows”, and “Uncle Toms” in delivering votes … Continue reading

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WALEED ALY. Dutton’s au pair drama shows hypocrisy of immigration policy (SMH 31/8/2018)

“As a discretionary and humanitarian act to an individual with ongoing needs, it is in the interests of Australia as a humane and generous society to grant this person a tourist visa.” That’s Peter Dutton, then immigration minister, in the … Continue reading

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JANE CADZOW. The watchman – Scott Morrison (Sun Herald, 3 November 2012)

Accused of inflaming racism, Scott Morrison insists people have the wrong idea about him. Jane Cadzow meets the Liberals’ immigration spokesman. This article was published in the Sun Herald on 3 November 2012 . In his maiden speech in 2008 … Continue reading

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STEPHANIE DOWRICK. Exposing the myths of “border protection” we will see the refugees as real people; and act accordingly.

On Thursday morning of the Liberals’ week of mayhem, facing front benches empty of ministers and with the day’s sitting of Parliament about to be shut down, ALP leader Bill Shorten said: “The purpose of government is to uplift the … Continue reading

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ANDREW JAKUBOWICZ A multicultural whirlwind blowing up for the next election

  Turnbull’s gone and with him, hopefully, his recurrent but incorrect mantra of Australia as the most successful multicultural society in the world. With the next federal election now just over the horizon, understanding how the ethnic vote delivered the … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE & IAN McAULEY: A new “leader”, but no sight of leadership.

The Liberal Party has a new “leader”, but there is still a dearth of the leadership in the Liberal Party, which seems to be unable to deal with hard issues, such as meeting our emissions target and coping with the … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI: Scott Morrison’s Record on Immigration

While Scott Morrison earlier this year publicly disagreed with Tony Abbott on immigration levels, he eventually gave way to Dutton’s ruse about ‘greater scrutiny’ leading to the migration program ‘ceiling’ not being delivered in 2017-18. Will he continue to compromise … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Scott Morrison did not stop the boats

With the appointment of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister we will witness again the repetition of the myth that the Coalition and Operation Sovereign Borders stopped the boats. They did not.  I expect that many in the media will also … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Refugees and asylum seekers. ‘The only unforgivable sin is despair’

We can be proud of what we have done for refugees in the past but like many others I am ashamed that we have now had a succession of leaders who have appealed to our most selfish instincts. When I … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI: Will the number of temporary entrants continue to grow?

Apart from Senator Anning’s appalling speech, the other big immigration news this week was that the stock of temporary entrants in Australia was over 2 million as at 30 June 2018. Since 2012, the stock has grown by over 400,000. … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI. What is Dutton Hiding Now?

In announcing the outcome of the migration and humanitarian programs, immigration ministers have traditionally provided extensive details on outcomes against planning levels by visa category, as well as other relevant information (see here for examples of such reports for past … Continue reading

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TONY KEVIN. Australian foreign policy – Riding two horses.

Australian foreign policy at present seems to be trying to ride two horses at once: an inherently dangerous pursuit, requiring the skills of a trained and superbly fit circus acrobat. Are we really up to this, or should we be … Continue reading

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STEPHANIE DOWRICK. Do we have a problem with refugees – or war?

In scrambling for solutions to the “refugee problem”, too few are contemplating the pervasively deadly “war problem” that plagues our global family. The article that follows is one of three I had published in July in the Sydney Morning Herald … Continue reading

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VINCENT CHEOK. Understanding China and the Chinese – An Australian Perspective – Part 1.

My parents were Hakka Chinese from Malaysia. I came to Australia as a minor in 1968 and have been here ever since. The first time that I knew I was ‘special’ as a Chinese was when I was working in … Continue reading

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JULIE SONNERMANN. Kids of migrant families do better at school – and we should think about why

 Children of migrant families in Australia consistently outperform their more established peers at school. And new analysis using NAPLAN data shows schools with lots of migrant-background students not only achieve at higher levels, but they have higher growth over time … Continue reading

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DANIEL OBERHAUS. 30 Years of Data Shows Asylum Seekers Are Not an Economic Burden (Motherboard)

A new study shows that giving migrants pathways to citizenship in European countries actually results in positive economic impacts, while asylum seekers don’t have a negative impact.

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ABUL RIZVI: Business migration should focus on establishing businesses not passive investment

While Eryk Bagshaw’s article of 8 July 2018 screams Millionaires stream in, the Sun Herald’s editorial of the same day is a bit more sanguine about the benefits and risks of the Business Innovation and Investment Programme that facilitates entry … Continue reading

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BEPPE SEVERGNINI. In Italy, Immigrants Evoke Fear, Not Racism.

CREMA, Italy — As I was walking home, a man in his 70s, wearing a youthful shirt and sporting fiercely dark hair, stopped me in the main square, under the spire of the ancient Duomo. He introduced himself, then said … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI: Pezzullo’s Dark World View is Paralyzing Australia’s Immigration System.

In a recent speech to heads of international border agencies, Mike Pezzullo, head of Australia’s new Home Affairs Department, again highlighted the dark world view that, together with the policies of Peter Dutton, is paralyzing our world class immigration system. 

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HUGH MACKAY, FRANCES RUSH. Is the “Australian solution” catching on?

“The US president is indifferent to human rights.” That was the banner headline on the front page of France’s Le Monde newspaper last week, as if it were news. Donald Trump has amply demonstrated that indifference, and not only in … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI. Will Dutton’s high stakes gamble wrong-foot the Treasury?

Peter Dutton is gambling with a long-standing pillar of Australia’s economic and budget success. By making the biggest cut to permanent skilled migration since the recession of the early 1990s, combined with a throttling of skilled temporary migration, Dutton will … Continue reading

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THE LOCAL. Italy demands apology for France’s ‘hypocritical’ criticism on migrants.

Italy on Wednesday summoned the French ambassador and postponed planned finance talks, in an escalating diplomatic spat with France over the handling of a migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

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